Walk the Great Wall

Book contents

Contents
Preface
Introduction
History of the Great Wall
The Great Wall today
Dynasties and construction periods
Types of construction
Earth walls
Stone walls
Brick walls
Combinations
Condition
Natural damage
Man-made damage
Features
Watch towers
Platforms
Battlements or crenellation
Parapets
Barrier walls
Loopholes
Stone holes
Hindrance features
Ditches
Horse walls
Drainage features
Signal towers
Smoke stacks
Misconceptions
Visibility from space or from the moon
Building materials
Burials
Restored and Original Great Walls
Physical differences between restored and original Great Walls
Legal considerations of restored and original Great Walls
Walking the Great Wall
Why walk?
Why walk the Great Wall?
Basic planning
How many?
How long?
How far?
How strenuous?
How risky?
Guided or solo?
When to go?
Travel planning
Preparation
Equipment and supplies
Clothing
Footwear
Backpack
Water containers
Sleeping bag
Sleeping pad
Tent
Trekking poles
Umbrella
Maps and navigation
Camera equipment
Safety equipment
Sun protection
Cell phone
Toiletries
Food and drink
Lightweight hiking
Testing your equipment and supplies
Travel preparation
Documentation
Medical
Insurance
Training
Physical training
Exercise
Food and diet
Mental training
Language
Units and conversions
Culture
Perseverance
Patience
Getting there
Traveling to China
Traveling within China
Traveling by train
Traveling by bus
Traveling by air
Taxis in China
Staying in China
Staying in Beijing
Staying near Beijing
Staying outside of Beijing
Tour guides and groups
Private tour guides
Group tours
Reaching the Great Wall
Driving in China
Returning from the Great Wall
Getting along in China
Money
Personal safety
Criminal safety
Health and wellness
Conservation and protection
Walking, hiking, and trekking
Types of hikes
Day hikes
Section hikes
Extended hikes
Thru-hiking
Picking your Wall
Defining your starting and ending points
Picking a direction
Defining hiking parameters
Thru-hikers
Planning your hike
Planning your route
Logistics
Walking the Great Wall
Observation
Nature awareness
Birdwatching
Flower appreciation
Photography
Souvenirs
Apparel
Books
Postcards
Other Great Wall souvenirs
Safety
Sleeping and camping on the Great Wall
Sleeping in hotels, guest houses, and residences
Resupplying en route
Adjusting and adapting your plan
Dealing with problems
Acrophobia
Fatigue
Blisters
Knee pain
Injury
Illness
Getting lost
Common mistakes
Great Wall locations
About the maps in this section
Liaoning Province
Hushan, Dandong
Santaizi
Manzhicao
Zhuizishan
Jiumenkou
Hebei Province (east)
Qinhuangdao Prefecture-Level City
Laolongtou
Shanhaiguan
Jiaoshan
Shanhaiguan hike: Walking from Laolongtou to Jiaoshan
Sandaoguan
Damaoshan / Dongjiakou
Banchangyu
Naziyu
Huachangyu
Jielingkou
Chengshan / Shibeigou
Taolinkou
Liujiakou
Tangshan Prefecture-Level City
Lengkou
Baiyangyu
Qingshanguan
Xifengkou, Panjiakou
Malanyu / Nianyushiguan
Tianjin
Taipingzhai
Huangyaguan
Beijing Municipality
Pinggu District
Jiangjunguan
Miyun County
Bailingguan
Simatai
Jinshanling
Panlongshan
Gubeikou
Wohushan
Huairou District
Qinglongxia
Hefangkou
Shentangyu
Lianhuachi
Mutianyu
Niujiaobian
Zhengbeilou
Jiankou
Jiuyanlou
Moyashike, Wangquanyu
Moshikou, Xiangshuihu
Lianyunling
Luanling
Sancha, Tiekuangyu
Jiugongshan
Huanghuacheng
Zhuangdaokou
Erdaoguan
Yaoziyu
Xishuiyu, Xiaoxihu
Changping District
Nankou
Juyongguan
Shangguan
Yanqing County
Shuiguan
Qinglongqiao
Badaling
Badaling Ancient Great Wall
Huajiayao
Shixiaguan
Chenjiabao
Hebei Province (west)
Zhangjiakou
Dayingpan
Bijiashan
Zijingguan
Andi
Zhangjiakou
Shanxi Province
Guguan
Niangziguan
Pingxingguan
Yanmenguan
Datong
Shahukou
Yangfangkou
Laoniuwan
Kelan
Shaanxi Province
Zhenbeitai
Inner Mongolia
Hohhot
Ningxia Autonomous Region
Yinchuan
Sanguankou
Gansu Province
Shandan
Xuanbi
Shiguanxia
Jiayuguan
Dunhuang
Yumenguan
Yangguan
Maquanwan
Shandong
Hunan Province
Southern Great Wall in Hunan
City Walls
Beijing City Walls
Luanping County, Hebei Province
Chengde
Nanjing City Walls
Xi’an City Walls
Jingzhou City Walls
Pingyao City Walls
Suggested walking locations
Suggested locations for day trips
Suggested photography sites
Suggested locations for two or more days
Suggested itineraries for road trips
Suggested plans for extended walks and section hikes
Suggested thru-hiking plans
Immersion
Conclusion
Bibliography
Appendix
Great Wall location summaries
Liaoning Province
Hebei Province
Qinhuangdao
Tangshan
Tianjin Province
Beijing Municipality
Pinggu District
Miyun County
Huairou District
Changping District
Yanqing County
Hebei Province (west)
Shanxi Province
Shaanxi Province
Inner Mongolia
Ningxia Province
Gansu Province
Restored or repaired Great Wall locations
Great Wall replicas
Great Wall websites
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